260115 : Camera Austria - Erik van der Wijde Gebilde

Camera Austria Erik van der Wijde Gebilde 06.12.2014 – 15.02.2105 Contrary to the heedlessness of our glance by Bettina Landl Maria Lucia has sat down in a garden chair, obviously exhausted and crossed her right leg over the left one, one arm on the armrest, the other on the table over which a flowered cloth has been spread. She holds a cigarette in one hand, a glass in the other. Her toe and fingernails are painted. She is wearing ear-rings and a cocktail dress with black strapped shoes which are only there so she doesn't have to put her feet on the grass. Surrounded by a soft sadness, she has directed her gaze to the ground. The perm, the lipstick and her made-up eyes lend an unpretentious elegance to the scenery. The other photographs in this series show her in homely ambience, at work and with a man. Relentlessly, these pictures impart an intimate insight into the private sphere of a stranger. The documentation creates wistfulness, shows the stimulus of the mundane and, at the same time, exemplifies its absurdity. The exhibition display creates a room filling wood construction, resembles rows of pages from books on a table and presents a selection of Erik van der Weijde's works. Contrasts dominate the production. Black-and-white photos are broken up by coloured one, as shown in the Senate, Brasilia series, eight photographs of the house of congress in Brasilia built by Oskar Niemeyer and the series Praia photographs from partly naked women whose bodies, additionally emphasize the object character. Depictions of the faces were foregone in order to protect the anonymity of the prostitutes who work on Brazil's beaches. Erik van der Weijde's artistic interest is directed at the phenomena of the mundane whose dramatics, caught by the camera, appear to be revealed in a jiffy. On the other hand, the series This is not my Son plays with the role of the photographer and his model, scrutinizes the verisimilitude of pictures and their power to deceive. His first series, Groene Hilledijk, is composed of several photographs and shows a street in Rotterdam where the bizarre and the come to light during nightly walks. Erik van der Weijde describes his work as a continual dialogue between inside and outside, the private and the public, the past and the future. The camera serves him as a tool for picture stories. Through his methods, the subjects demand a form of "importance" for themselves and the ostensible banal, seemingly meaningless aspects of the mundane are helped to more visibility through the formal stringent work. In the interests of an "Apothesis of the mundane", a beauty is manifested which only the camera is able to reveal. Camera Austria 8020 Graz, Kunsthaus Graz, Lendkai 1 Tel: +43(0) 316/ 81 555 00 Fax: +43(0) 316/ 81 555 09 email: office@camera-austria.at http://www.camera-austria.at

Camera Austria
8020 Graz, Kunsthaus Graz, Lendkai 1
Tel: +43(0) 316/ 81 555 00, Fax: +43(0) 316/ 81 555 09
Email: office@camera-austria.at
Öffnungszeiten: Di-Sa 10-17 h

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